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Vernon Township School #5 - Dows, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 42° 39.412 W 093° 29.970
15T E 459060 N 4722832
Quick Description: Constructed in 1887 in rural Vernon Township, this small building served as a schoolhouse for more than 50 years.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 4:00:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMBR3Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 1

Long Description:
If walls could talk, this one-room school would have lots of stories to tell. Constructed in 1887 in rural Vernon Township, it served as a schoolhouse for more than 50 years before it was moved to its present location in 1998. Restored by the Dows Historical Society it displays its original blackboards, desks, and books. The town has landscaped the grounds with trees and shrubs native to the area. Local children still enjoy visiting this historical school, learning the 3 R’s the old fashioned way, ringing the bell and sitting in the dunce stool in the corner.
Original or Re-creation?: Original

Year the school first opened.: 9/1/1887

Year the school closed.: 6/1/1940

Is the schoolhouse still open as a school?: no

Ellsworth & Garfield Streets
Dows, IA USA

Web Address (if available): [Web Link]

Does the school offer 19th century classroom reenactments or day camps?: yes

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